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The Psychology of Motivation: How to Help Your Students & Yourself Get and Stay Inspired

Getting your students to learn effectively is largely a factor of motivation, but knowing what tools and techniques are actually going to work to inspire your students to learn is much more challenging. Each of your students is unique, so there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. By understanding the brain-based psychology behind student motivation and the different types of motivation, you can start to bring balance into your classroom, whether you’re teaching virtually or in-person. 
All learners will receive a certificate for 10 professional development hours upon completion of a PowerPD unit
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Target Audience

This course is recommended for classroom teachers and special education teachers, particularly those who work with students in grades K-12. Additionally, support staff and other individuals who work with students to support their social-emotional development would benefit from the skills and strategies mentioned throughout this course. 
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Course Purpose

In a world with increasing distractions, sources of stress, and information to process, the brain needs a way to manage and organize incoming information. Executive Functioning is a set of skills that enables us to manage multiple sources of information, develop plans, and stay focused. We are not born with this innate ability but develop it as we grow and learn. Without these crucial skills, your students cannot accomplish several crucial tasks including: controlling impulses, complex problem solving, developing and adjusting plans, recognizing and remediating mistakes, setting, monitoring, and achieving goals, emotional self-regulation and control.
As an educator, we know you love to learn [the theory behind executive functioning and why it is important for your students] - but we also know that you need to apply these skills in your classroom tomorrow. In this course, we will provide you with the information you need to actually understand the brain science behind Executive Functioning, as well as practical strategies to identify Executive Functioning weaknesses through your students' behaviors, and how to support strengthening them. 
Course Objectives

In this course, you will gain a better understanding of motivation for your students and yourself, learn about the relationship between neurodiversity and motivation, and gain strategies and tools to use to motivate your students in the classroom and remotely.

Learners who successfully complete this PowerPD should be able to:
  • List the two main types of motivation.
  • Identify how different behaviors and drivers align on the motivation spectrum.
  • Identify the seven different learning styles and have an understanding of how they can impact motivation.
  • Clearly understand and reflect upon their own motivations for teaching.
  • Use four unique classroom strategies to empower students with different learning styles and motivation types.
  • Communicate effectively with parents or guardians about how they can support motivation techniques outside of classroom time.
  • Understand and use tools for remote learning situations.
Course Structure

All Brain Power Academy Online Professional Development Courses consist of a blend of learning elements to engage you and empower you to implement new strategies and techniques with your students. 

Lessons consist of:
  • Engaging videos
  • Reading materials
  • Lesson assessments
  • Practice activities to apply strategies and techniques
  • Opportunities for reflection
  • Printable takeaways

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I liked how clear and thorough the lessons were in the SEL and Distance Learning course. I also liked the questions to check your understanding!
Amanda HutchinsSaco Schools
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The Brain Power Team is composed of neuroscientists, educators, and mental health experts who are dedicated to creating the best PD to empower you in the classroom. We specialize in translating the latest neuroscience research into easy, ready-to-use techniques and exercises that assist teaching and learning in this new distanced-learning environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course take place?

All of our PowerPD units are self-guided so you can explore at your own pace! Once you enroll in a unit, you will have lifetime access through your Brain Power Academy account. 

Our units are setup to allow for free navigation; however, we recommending completing the lesson activities in order for full synthesis of the content. 
To navigate through a unit, click on the lesson from the unit's landing page, or click on “Continue Learning” to be redirected into the course player. By doing this, you will always continue straight from the last learning activity you have visited. 
Once inside a lesson, you will see all of the different learning activities on the left-hand menu, and the content will appear on the right. Use the left and right arrows to navigate.

How do I complete the course?

In order to complete a course, learners must complete all learning activities within the online professional development course (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 

What kind of content can I expect to see in this course?

Access multimodal content including voiceover slide presentations, articles, videos, and other supplementary resources within all of the PowerPD lessons!

Can I receive professional development credit for this course?

All of Brain Power Academy's online professional development courses are eligible for 10 Professional Development Hours/Professional Development Points (PDPs). Learners must complete all learning activities within a unit (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 
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